Salzburg Travel Guide

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Salzburg Highlights

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     Fascinating city brim full of old world charm. 

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     expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     A warmhearted little city with a radiant beauty all its own.. 

Salzburg Things to Do

  • Hohensalzburg Fortress

    Hohensalzburg, the home of the Archbishops of Salzburg for centuries, is still a draw, both for what's inside and the views from it. You can stroll around the grounds, enjoy the views from the ramparts, visit the Palace Museum, or tour the fortress itself (the latter must be done with an escorted tour, but there is no additional charge). To get...

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  • Mirabell Garden & Castle

    When the weather permits you should go for a walk through the Mirabell Garden and maybe have a look at the Castle too. The Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg had these gardens and the castle especially designed for his mistress. Gardens that once suited the exquisite taste of the P-A's mistress should certainly be to the liking of humble tourists such...

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  • Mozart's House

    This is the birthplace of the famous Salzburg composer Mozart. He was born and grew up in this his father's house. There is a second Mozart haus on the new side of the river where Mozart lived as an adult.

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Salzburg Restaurants

  • Traditional/Local Food

    I have been to Cafe Mozart for lunch. The food was excellent, Mozart Cafe was delicious and before I knew it, I can't order Salzburger Nockerl anymore because I was so full. Of course I returned the next day and had it then. Was soooo good! Cafe Mozart has daily menu to offer. One does not have to wait long. I've had a small portion of Wiener...

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  • Beer Halls & Gardens

    This is a wonderful beer garden set behind the Augustine Church (17th Century) and its adjacent brewery. You will find all kinds of folk here: students, tourists and locals celebrating birhtdays or other special events. We even saw one group that brought their own band. It is a huge place that seats hundreds under chestnut (I think) trees and full...

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  • Street Vendors

    Whilst walking around the squares and marketplaces of Salzburg during our day trip to the city in December 2010, we noticed a number of Salzburger Brezen Reisinger stalls and kiosks selling a variety of different sized and flavoured pretzels. The smaller pretzels (I say small, but they were perhaps 5 inch in diameter) cost 1.20 Euros each, while...

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Salzburg Nightlife

  • Irish Pub

    We went to Murphy's Law when we just needed to speak English. It was definitely still different than home, but in the middle of a six week German course, it still had a bit of familiarity. The bartender's are talkative and nice but remember Guinness should NOT be mixed! No black and tans or the likes. They also may tell you not to speak German. The...

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  • Along the River

    Salzburg, Austria. The strip of bars leaves nothing to be desired. The drinks were fairly priced, the company was great, and everyone I met really seemed to like to chat about america and what you've done on your trip. Dress Tip: Europeans don't wear tennis shoes unless playing a sport, so find yourself a good pair of leathers to wear (That's what...

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  • Musical Entertainment

    We (DEB's family) ate an early dinner at the hotel (fabulous) and went to the Marionette show (A Midsummer's Night Dream). Our son has heard the story before, and we could all follow the plot even though the words were in German. The puppets were amazing. When I (BB) was here with our grandmother, I wrote to my tp my mother that the marionette...

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Salzburg Transportation

  • To/Around

    This would be the english website of the public transport of the region Salzburg: www.svv-info.at/en/home There is as well a section where it says "cross-border travel" and this gives you the result, that You CAN indeed buy a pass which is also valid for Upper Austria: www.svv-info.at/en/tickets-and-fares/cross-border-travel/ I would simply write...

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  • Trains

    Salzburg's Hauptbahnhof, or main train station, is located about a 15-minute walk from the Old Town. It is on the main line from Munich to Vienna, and is reachable via "RailJet," ICE, and EuroCity Trains from many different destinations, including Zürich, Budapest, Frankfurt, and Cologne. An interesting feature is that German Rail's...

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  • Getting to Salzburg

    Salzburg is connected by rail to a number of European cities like Venice, Munich, Zurich and Budapest. The train services are frequent and efficient. The Austrian rail network is excellent and you will find there are several connections to travel to Salzburg from other Austrian towns. From Hauptbahnhof, the main railway station at Salzburg you can...

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Salzburg Shopping

  • getriedegasse (street)

    Getriedegasse is Salzburg's main street and is a pedestrian only street for much of its length. It's known for the custom held over from the middle ages of displaying signs on the outside of the shop that are descriptive of what the shop does. This was to aid the non-literate.

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  • Mozart Chocolate

    Mozartkugeln are small chocolate and pistachio marzipan balls originally made in Salzburg in 1890 by the Furst company. Today Salzburg is awash with variants of the original and they make for a nice gift for family or friends on your return home.

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  • The Chirstmas Store

    The shop was absolutely gorgeous and sold thousands upon thousands of decorated Christmas eggs. I hand carried six home from Austria to Florida and wish I had carried sixty home. Each egg is unique and the colors and variety were very beautiful.

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Salzburg Local Customs

  • Desserts

    During a visit to Salzburg in December 2010, my girlfriend and I took the opportunity to purchase pieces of Original Sachertorte from the cake shop adjoined to the city's Hotel Sacher. This internationally famous chocolate cake is only produced in Vienna (from where it first originated) and in Salzburg, so it was too good an opportunity to...

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  • The Austrian People

    In Salzburg the people are very polite and all the people that I met spoke English (although some fluently, others only a bit). However, I think that when visiting another country you should try a few words in their language. So here are some basics in German: Hello/Hi - Guten Tag/Hallo Goodbye/Bye - Auf Widersehen/Tschuss Good Morning - Guten...

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  • Dining

    While on the train from Munich to Salzburg in December 2010, my girlfriend and I found ourselves sitting across from a lady from Salzburg. Upon hearing that it was our first visit to Salzburg, she insisted that we must try the local speciality - Salzburger Nockerl. She explained that it was a dessert made from whisked egg yolks, flour and sugar...

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Salzburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving

    Thanks to Virtual Tourist we were fore warned about the Police. We got pulled on a late Sunday afternoon for a routine check, namely to check that we'd got the Vingette on our screen. You can purchase these easily on the border and in some garages, but whatever you do don't go to Austria without one - Euros 7 for 10 days. After checking our...

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  • really safe

    Although Salzburg IS a very safe city that you can feel safe walking around in anytime, I had a habit of being approached by beggars. Outside the Mozart Residence I was approached for money by a man and when I was returning from the Old City and the pedestrian bridge across the street from the Mozart Residence, I was approached by another beggar. I...

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  • Protect yourself

    Werfen Ice Caves, Nr. Salzburg - Ok these might be spectacular, but lets put reality into them. They are approx 5628 ft up a cliff face. From what I can remember the peak of the Jungfrau in Switzerland is approx 3120 ft. and you feel dizzy at that level, having reached it by cog railway due to the altitude. You park and then have a 20 minute walk...

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Salzburg Tourist Traps

  • The Sound of Music Tour

    I did a Panorama Sound of Music tour not because of any interest in the film (I've never even seen it, though I've heard the songs, of course), but because I was in Salzburg for less than a day and it seemed a convenient way of seeing some of the sights of the city and the surrounding countryside. It worked well. Someone came to the hotel as...

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  • Mozart

    Sure enough, I found myself back in Salzburg with my new bride on our honeymoon. I always knew I'd be back, and this was a truly special trip. My wife is Swedish, and has traveled in Europe a lot. We felt like doing something "touristy" for once, and had dinner at the Mozart Dinner Concert. Relax, enjoy your evening. The food is no good (and that,...

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  • Mozartkugel

    More than 200 years after his death, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart continues to be a very popular fellow in Salzburg. You will find many establishments and products bearing his name and you will see images of his face peering out at you from many a shop window. It seems that there is still plenty of money to be made off the back of Salzburg's...

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Salzburg What to Pack

  • Clothes

    Definitely pack warm. We were there in mid September and I don't think we ever slid out of our jackets. I will admit we are sun loving Australians but it was cold and overcast most of the time. We didn't experience rain but I would say judging by the gorgeous gardens it is a regular occurence. Of course pack a camera although there are some...

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  • rain coat or umbrella

    A small waste bag for carrying maps and money Small travel umbrella or two Pack your bags as light as possible and then fill the remaining space with toilet paper. Chances are your home toilet paper is nicer than the one on the road. Black and white film.

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  • Bring your camera!

    Salzburg is one of Europe's most photogenic cities, so be sure to bring you best camera equipment. A wide angle and telephoto lens are essential and a polarizing filter will make those blue skies pop out on film.

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Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking & hiking

    It is safe to say that most people confine themselves to the old city centre when traveling to Salzbrug. The is, after all, where the funicular to the Festung is as well as the Dom (main Cathedral) and Mozart's birthplace. But if you travel across the bridge into the pedestrian area and stay to the right until there is an opening you will find the...

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  • Königssee

    The Königsee is one of the nicest lakes in the area, if the weather is nice take a boat to St. Bartholomä (it is not posible to walk there), a beautiful baroque chapel or to Salet (not in winter) from where you can walk to the Obersee. And take care the weather can change very fast, when i was there last the weather was great but i had to wait 30...

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  • The Beer experience

    If you are at all interested in Beer and how its made get yourself along to the Steigl Brauwelt Brewery. Its near the centre of Salzburg - just catch the no.1 Line bus and get out at the Brauhausstrasse stop. Ask the bus driver to let you know which one it is- ours was very helpful.When you get off carefully cross the road- its on a bad bend - and...

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Salzburg Sports & Outdoors

  • EXTREME SPORTS

    There are several companies offering different kinds of extreme sport in Salzburg. We went rafting with a company called "Crocodile Sports". We were picked up by a van at our hostel before driving about 1 1/2 hour to reach our starting point. We had never done rafting before, and it was so much fun! The guide spoke very well English, and we learned...

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  • Iceskating

    Salzburg sets up an ice rink at the Residenzplatz. So get to it and put those skates on. You can rent them right there for a reasonable 10 Euros. Rent your Ice skates if you don't have your own with you.

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  • Horse Riding

    In Salzburg there are few facilities for horse riding. The best I know is about 10 km north from Salzburg in Seekirchen (Lake Wallersee). It is a wonderful horse-ranch with many nice horses, you can take a course or a ride outside. The prices are ca. 10 €. The Equipment is provided.

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  • Travel tips and assistance

    As with all these tourist cards, you need to do your homework to see if it's viable to buy or not. I did this, and for us it was, so we bought ours from our Pension, and began using it straight away, as we caught a Bus into the city centre. The Salzburg Card provides free admission to all the sights in the City of Mozart, free use of the public...

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  • Sightseeing by foot

    Here is some useful information about Salzburg for you just in case: www.salzburginfo.at tourist@salzburginfo.at tel.+43 0662 88 98 70 fax +43 0662 88 98 7-435 Salzburg Guide Service www.salzburg-guide.at Tel. +43 0662 84 04 06 Fax +43 0662 84 54 70 info@salzburg-guide.at Visiting the city center and walking up to Hohensalzburg

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  • Mirabell gardens

    We were three blocks from Mirabell Gardens and walked by them a half a dozen times without realizing what it was. On our last day, we discovered them about 20 minutes before our bus was to leave for a tour we took to Berchdesgaden. We only got to spend about 10 minutes in the Gardens, and it was raining, but it was still beautiful.

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